Tuesday, April 13, 2021

All-Sufficient One

 Have you ever woke up chilled, and discovered sometime during the night you had unknowingly kicked the covers off? Mister Bill accuses me of doing that to him causing him to shiver with cold. Read how King Solomon describes Christ: "A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me." (Song of Solomon 1:13). Myrrh - precious, aromatic, healing, preserving, disinfecting - like The Savior and Friend to Believers. "And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being complelely self-sufficient in Him]." (2 Corinthians 9:8, AMP). As Mister Bill and I traveled recently, we found food, gas and restrooms all in one stop. That's what Jesus is to those who Believe; He is All in all, Sufficient in all things, all we need. Oh, the many sufficiencies we forfeit when we set aside (kick-off) His Sufficiencies in our days, turning to the world's sparkling insufficiencies. Christ is The All-Sufficient One. Live your life in Him alone.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Trust The Shepherd

The extent of my gardening is the planting of a few flowering perennials in outdoor pots. Bless their withering sprigs, the poor things must depend on me for water! Believers are assured of their care and keeping: "He will tend His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." (Isaiah 40:11). It's the shepherd in whom the sheep depend and trust to lead them, find water and food, care for their wounds, keep them safe and provide rest from their weariness. Jesus said, "I am The Good Shepherd." (John 10:11). Life as we know it makes weary every soul! Oh, how wonderful to have The Shepherd and know with full assurance He does what a shepherd does - cares for every need of every Believer. "The LORD is my Shepherd - I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1) - what simple yet clear words to settle the soul of every trusting lamb. The days of our lives do indeed wither [as the grass] and fade [as the flowers] (from Isaiah 40:6, 7, 8), but for those who trust completely in The Shepherd, we do not wither! Trust The Shepherd!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

What a Relief!

If you've ever been to a 3D movie and put on those silly glasses, you might have jerked 'em off at the things that seem to leave the screen into your lap! I propose our responses to most of life is influenced by our perspective. When I gauge events and circumstances [of my life] by a secular worldview, I stay "in the stew" - as my Nanny would say. There is a remedy, a fix for this: "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8). Navigating life isn't about having complete knowledge and understanding of everything that happens to us; no! it's about a belief system rooted solely in The Sovereign God and The Truth of His Word. It's easy to "say" I believe - it's altogether different to genuinely "live" out of that belief system! Basically, it's a matter of perspective: will we see things through the world's trending-popular outlook, or will we see life through the eye of faith? I choose to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Oh, wow ... what a relief!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Just Peace

So would you rather be stung by a wasp or a bee? Reportedly, the bee stings one time, leaves his stinger in its victim then dies - he only stings once. In contrast, that wasp comes atcha loaded and doesn't stop stinging till battle is over! Paul wrote, "But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, 'Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?'" (1 Corinthians 15:54-55). These words speak of the hope Believers have in Christ over life's enemy - death. And, yes, that glorious day is promised and will come for those who believe! I suggest these words also comfort - here and now - us when a Believer is called home. Death stings but it is short-lived when put into the perspective of the one we loved has passed from perishable to imperishable, and at once finds complete health-peace-rest in The Father's Presence. To the stinging loss of one we love, this truth is a soothing balm to the soul: "thanks be to God, Who gives us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (V.57). No words - just Peace.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Treasures

Searching for hidden treasures has long been a favorite past-time. Mister Bill's "green-box" holds a collection of little-boy treasures from around the world. David wrote, "As for the saints (godly people) who are in the land, they are the majestic and the noble and the excellent ones in whom is all my delight." (Psalm 16:3). What a beautiful reminder how God delights in those who love and honor Him with lives of devotion. It's also a sweet nudge to Believers, as they abide in Christ, to enjoy one another. Without hesitation, I confess some of the greatest Godly treasures I know were found among those who faithfully worship, pray, serve and fellowship together in The Body of Christ - His Church. Those are the ones who have rejoiced with me, cried with me, prayed with me, encouraged me, shared my sorrows and stirred me to deeper devotion. Just as David said, they are indeed the majestic, noble and excellent ones in this world. Oh, how grateful I am for these precious treasures!